From Prophecy to Reality
Throughout the Old Testament there are many stories of the struggles of the Chosen people of God. Beginning with the disobedience of Adam and Eve, establishment of sin, all the way to Malachi, the last book of the Old Testament. However throughout these stories there are, sometimes very vague and sometimes very clear, prophecies of the coming of the Messiah. Some say there are over 400 different prophecies of His coming. I am going to just point out a few of those some claim to be the most clear.
The ones I found which predicted His birth were Isaiah 7:14; "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.". Isaiah 9:6 "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Micah 5:2: "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times."
As concerning Jesus' ministry and death a few were Zechariah 9:9: "Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey." Psalms 22:16-18: "Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing."
Probably the most referenced prophecy is the entire chapter 53 of Isaiah. It is very clear and concise prediction of His coming, and of His life's outcome. The "seventy-sevens" prophecy in Daniel chapter 9 predicted the exact date that Jesus would be "cut off.", Isaiah 50:6 describes the beating that He went through and Zechariah 12:10 predicts the "piercing" of His body which occurred after He died on the cross.
What does all this have to do Maranatha? Well the early Jewish Christians came under great persecution by the Romans and it became a common greeting replacing the more common greeting of "shalom", meaning peace. Jesus had told His followers there would be no peace for them, only persecution, so Paul used the term "marantha" in I Corinthians 16:22. In Aramaic it basically translates to "Our Lord is coming".
So I convey to you just as prophesied by many in the Old Testament, and fulfilled by our Lord, Jesus Christ and then promised by Him personally, Marantha, and soon.
May God bless you all! In Christ's love,
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